You guys, I have read three contemporary erotica novels in the past couple of months – and I decided to review them all at once rather than one at a time. One of them I liked quite a bit – the other two I found incredibly underwhelming…
The Librarian by Logan Belle
So, innocent young Regina Finch thinks she has found her dream job working at the main branch of the New York Public Library. Then she finds a man and woman getting it on in a private collection room and before she has a chance to report them – finds out the dude is a billionaire (and technically her boss). Before long, she and Sebastian find themselves drawn together and go all Fifty Shades on each other. blah blah nothing new blah blah. I’m not really into BDSM novels, y’all. Luckily – The Librarian doesn’t really delve too far into that whole world. Also? IT IS BORING. Seriously – flat, one dimensional characters in a flat, one dimensional plot with flat, one dimensional sexytimes. I didn’t dislike the book, I just didn’t like it. Having no strong feelings whatsoever = not good. The main positives? The cover. And the library setting. The end.
Release Me by J. Kenner
Yet another rich man meets recent college graduate. Damien Stark wants a nude portrait painted of Nikki Fairchild – and she eventually gives in. To the tune of a million bucks. And the promise that she will be his sexually for a week. She is dazzled by him, of course. He has been obsessed with her ever since meeting her briefly SIX YEARS AGO. Dude is a creeper. They both have bad experiences from their pasts – she opens up to him much more quickly. Once again: blah blah nothing new blah blah. Basically: I would really only recommend this one if you really love 50 Shades of Grey. I keep hoping to find a better written and better plotted addition to this whole craze, not just another knock-off.
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Finally – here is a story I can appreciate! Jocelyn Butler moves into a new apartment and ends up in a very intense relationship with her roommate’s brother Braden Carmichael. What starts as a no strings attached sex-for-all turns into something a lot more important. Sigh. I actually found this story – and these characters – romantic instead of some unfortunate combination of gross, pitiful and creepy. These characters do, of course, have baggage – but it works into their characters wonderfully and I thought it was much more well done than what is becoming the norm in this genre. Seriously y’all, if you’re an erotica reader – On Dublin Street is definitely one you should plan on checking out!